Fringed Irises at Kozoji Temple in Iwaki

When I visited Okuaizu the other day, I saw lots of beautiful ‘fringed irises’. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about flowers, but I’m pretty sure I’d never seen these flowers before coming to Japan. Seeing them in Okuaizu instantly reminded me a photograph I saw when I first moved to Fukushima Prefecture. At that time, IContinue reading Fringed Irises at Kozoji Temple in Iwaki

Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I had a nice break, and I’m excited for the new year. I’m planning on going to Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji Temple on January 3, as there is a special Buddhist celebration called the Daibontensai held annually on this date. I discovered Mt Iwatsuno by accident recently. I didContinue reading Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple

Must-Visit Autumn Spots in Shirakawa City!

Nanko Park in Shirakawa City is such a beautiful spot to visit during autumn, and it is particularly spectacular in mid-November! Sooo, I thought it was fitting to introduce Nanko Park in this week’s blog! 1.) Nanko Park (南湖公園 Nanko Koen) The area now known as Nanko Park used to consist of wetlands, which gradually gainedContinue reading Must-Visit Autumn Spots in Shirakawa City!